We hear more and more about sustainable living, and it can feel like a bit of a buzzword. We can hear it on the news, and on blogs and magazines, but what does it really mean?
Living sustainably is all about reducing waste and reducing your impact on the environment. And the best way to do that is to start at home.
You may be passionate about the environment and want to do more to help, or you may just want to live more sustainably in order to save money. Either way, they are both worthy causes and the result will have a positive impact.
If you are not too sure where to start and word ‘sustainable’ sounds a bit scary to you, then here are some steps to help you get started, right from where you are.
Switch it off
Energy consumption is one of the ways that most households waste money and energy. But conserving energy and only using it when you need to is a great way to have a positive impact on the environment and reduce your carbon footprint.
Even when things are on standby, they are still using up electricity; how do you think the little red light manages to appear on? So switch things off at the plug and it can save power.
Don’t use your lights unless you really need to either. It will make a big difference.
Recycle and upcycle
If you think about how much you throw away each day, week or year, and then think that every household will be doing the same, you can just imagine how much is going to the landfill year after year. So the first step is to recycle the things that you can.
It is also a good idea to recycle things like clothing, by sending to charity shops, rather than just throwing them away. Even unusable clothing can be sold to the rag trade by the charity shops, so never throw any textiles in landfill.
For things like furniture, it is a good idea to upcycle them rather than throwing them out, if you can. Take some dining room chairs, for instance. You could sand and repaint them, and then you could even get some e foam to make some new seat cushions, or pad out the ones that are there. Then that is all saved from going to landfill and it saves money from buying more as well.
Cut out plastic
There are so many ways that we can cut out plastic in our homes. You could start with something as simple as taking your own bags when you go to the supermarket or shopping in town.
You could also buy vegetables and fruit loose, and use your own bags, rather than putting them in a plastic bag to then weigh them (no one needs that extra packaging).
Ordering a fruit and veg box is a great way to choose organic, support local farmers and reduce waste as everything comes loose in one recyclable cardboard box.
You could also look to get things like bamboo toothbrushes as a family as plastic ones will just sit in landfill; just imagine how many that is when each person uses a few a year? There are also bamboo and organic cotton buds available.
When you start looking you’ll find there are much more eco-friendly alternatives to most of the plastic you use every-day. Here’s a list of 20 ways to reduce plastic consumption.
There are so many ways to start saving energy and help the environment whilst at home. It can even save you some money too!
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